Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year! With the new year comes a new feature for our column called “Senior of the Month.” Each month we will honor a different senior for their contributions to the community. If you have someone you would like to have acknowledged, please send us an email at RoderickHayfork@gmail.com. Please include their telephone number so we may contact them for a short interview.

January’s Senior of the Month is Patricia “Pat” Anderson. Pat is a longtime member of the Roderick Board of Directors and she is also the board’s recording secretary — making sure our meetings are correctly transcribed and distributed to our board members. In addition, she is our “Accounts Payable” coder extraordinaire. During the board meetings you can always count on her honest contributions to the subjects at hand. As if these things don’t keep her busy enough, she is also on the Board of Directors at Eskaton.

Pat is part of Roderick’s “Drive-Thru” committee which decides what delicious meals will be prepared. You can always find her handing out these wonderful meals during our monthly fundraisers. There is no end to Pat’s talents and graciousness. A busy lady wonderful friend to be sure!

Before arriving in Hayfork from her most recent home in Seattle, Wash., she had an exciting childhood. Her parents did the best thing EVER! They packed their children into a Dodge van and gave them the best education possible — six months of traveling through Mexico and Central America, except for Panama … how exciting! 

As an adult she traveled to Europe with two different choirs singing in churches in Paris, Lucerne, Switzerland and Italy. On her own she has traveled to Puerto Rico, Kauai in Hawaii and Thailand! Talk about being a citizen of the world! In addition to all of these travels, she has criss-crossed America three times, finally settling in Hayfork to be near her daughter. While her wanderlust may have settled here, she still enjoys backpacking, hiking and cross-country skiing.

The Roderick Senior Center volunteer staff wouldn’t know what to do without her and thank her for her generosity and giving so much of her time.

From Roderick Offbeat Bargains thrift store — a beautiful 1959 Singer 222K Featherweight Sewing Machine with attachments and instruction manual is offered by silent auction. Don’t miss this chance to own a very special vintage machine. Bids may be made in person at the thrift store or online at the Roderick Offbeat Bargains Facebook page. As of at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, the bids stood at $100. The same model of machine is listed at various auction and sewing sites as a $2,000 value. The auction ends promptly at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. This auction will be a nail-biter so check in frequently to make sure your bid is the winning bid. Good luck!

Roderick’s monthly board meetings are at 3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. This is an open meeting. All COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

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